Akitio Thunder2 Dock

Akitio Thunder2 Dock

Akitio Thunder2 Dock


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Product Highlights

  • 2 x Thunderbolt 2 Ports
  • 2 x USB 3.0 Ports (5 Gb/s)
  • 2 x eSATA Ports (6 Gb/s)
  • 1 x FireWire 800 Port (800 Mb/s)
  • Daisy Chain up to 6 Thunderbolt Devices
  • Supports 4K Monitors and Displays
  • USB Charging up to 2.1A
  • Mac OS X 10.9+ Compatible
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Akitio AK-T2D-THSB3IAS-AKTU overview

  • 1Description

The Thunder2 Dock from Akitio links past, present, and future technologies to your computer at speeds of up to 20 Gb/s with just one Thunderbolt cable. The Thunder2 Dock has two built-in Thunderbolt 2 ports and allows you to access your data on both legacy and future storage devices by providing multiple host ports for USB 3.0 (up to 5 Gb/s), eSATA (up to 6 Gb/s), and FireWire 800 (up to 800 Mb/s). The two USB 3.0 ports and the FireWire 800 port are bus-powered; the USB 3.0 ports also support UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol). Regarding the eSATA ports, they each have a dedicated controller, allowing each port to deliver speeds of up to 6 Gb/s, instead of the 6 Gb/s being shared between the two ports. The eSATA ports also support port multipliers, which allows multiple devices to be connected to one port. Additionally, 4K monitors and displays are supported and you also will be able to daisy chain up to 6 Thunderbolt devices together.

The Thunder2 Dock is also able to charge mobile devices, as each USB 3.0 port provides up to 2.1A of power for charging iPhones, iPads, and more. They also provide power for devices such as the Apple Keyboard and Apple SuperDrive. Please note that in order to charge an iOS device using this dock, the Thunderbolt cable must be connected to the computer and the system has to be running (S0 or S3). The OS must also be updated to 10.9.2 or later and a driver must be installed. For users running Apple's Boot Camp, the Thunder2 Dock is not compatible with this product.

While Windows is not officially supported, this docking station may be used on a Windows computer as long as the Thunderbolt cable is connected to the computer before the system is booted up and is never disconnected while the system is running. Also, make sure that the Thunder2 Dock and all its attached devices are turned on before starting up the system.

The Thunder2 Dock includes a Thunderbolt cable and a power adapter. It runs on 100-240VAC and outputs +12V / 5A.

Linking Past, Present, and Future Technology

USB 3.0 Supporting UASP
The two USB 3.0 ports both support UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) for increased performance over USB 3.0. However, the same ports can also be used to connect USB 2.0 storage drives. The maximum transfer rate for each USB port is about 370 MB/s
FireWire 800 with Bus-Power (7W)
Long a favorite of Mac users but now replaced by Thunderbolt and USB 3.0, the FireWire 800 interface can still be used through the Thunder2 Dock. Simply hook up your legacy FireWire 800 drives (bus-powered and self-powered) to the dock and you can access all your existing data without having to buy new hard drive enclosures
eSATA Storage (6 Gb/s)
While not as common as the other interfaces, there are also two eSATA ports available to hook up external eSATA drives at up to 6 Gb/s

High Speed I/O Performance

Thunderbolt I/O
Thunderbolt is a connection technology that simultaneously supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices through a single, compact port. Thunderbolt technology gives you two channels on the same connector with 10 Gb/s of throughput in both directions. The faster and flexible Thunderbolt 2 connection now pushes that to 20 Gb/s but the two generations of Thunderbolt technology are compatible with each other. In comparison, it is up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800
Thunder Dock
One Thunderbolt cable to connect them all. Simply connect the dock to your computer with just one cable and get instant access to all the additional storage drives that are hooked up to the dock. The fast Thunderbolt interface helps guarantee that you can achieve efficient data transfer rates

Thunderbolt Daisy Chain

Storage & 4K Display
The second Thunderbolt port allows you to connect up to 5 additional Thunderbolt devices (storage or display) in a daisy chain. Thunderbolt 2 also has more than enough bandwidth to daisy chain multiple high-speed devices and it gives you access to 4K monitors


Independent eSATA Controllers
Two independent eSATA controllers help guarantee that the performance doesn't drop when a second eSATA storage device is connected at the same time. Please note that the maximum transfer rate for each eSATA port is about 370 MB/s

USB Charger (2.1A)

Recharge Mobile Phones & Tablets
The USB ports can be used to recharge your electronic devices (e.g. iPad or iPhone) over USB on Mac OS X 10.9.2 or above (driver installation is required). Providing up to 2.1A, the Thunder2 Dock can even recharge your larger devices such as the iPad. It also provides power for the Apple Keyboard and the Apple SuperDrive for computers that do not have a built-in SuperDrive
UPC: 888038000502
In the Box
Akitio Thunder2 Dock
  • Thunderbolt Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Akitio AK-T2D-THSB3IAS-AKTU specs

    USB 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
    Thunderbolt 2 x Thunderbolt 2
    Ethernet None
    FireWire 1 x FireWire 800 (9-Pin)
    Display None
    Audio None
    Memory Card Slots None
    Legacy 2 x eSATA
    Data Transfer Rate 20 Gb/s Thunderbolt 2
    6 Gb/s eSATA
    5 Gb/s USB 3.0/USB 3.1 Gen 1
    800 Mb/s FireWire 800
    Operating System Support macOS/OS X
    AC Input Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    DC Input Power 12 VDC at 5 A
    Certifications CE, FCC, TUV, UL, as per Manufacturer
    Operating Temperature 41 to 95°F / 5 to 35°C
    Operating Humidity 5 to 95%
    Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
    Enclosure Material Aluminum
    Dimensions 6.25 x 3.83 x 0.71" / 15.88 x 9.73 x 1.8 cm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.291 x 7.244 x 3.622"

    Akitio AK-T2D-THSB3IAS-AKTU reviews

    Thunder2 Dock is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Doesn't Play Nice Has all the connections I wanted, and worked great for an hour. Then started causing random shutdowns on my iMac. My logs showed that it caused a lot of firewire errors. I was disappointed because I wanted esata, but I had to send it back after a few days because it made my system too unstable and I kept loosing work.
    Date published: 2015-12-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from You never have enough ports. Even the newest iMac does not have nearly enough ports to handle a photo workflow with NAS and storage plus a second monitor. This fixes that problem and deals with the legacy port issues we all have when using older equipment with the latest computer.
    Date published: 2017-01-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have Been Solid For Us We have nine of these docks that have been in use for a year. They have been solid performers for us. They are used both in the studio and in the field. Using with Mac Pro, iMac, and Macbook Pro. Haven't had any failures yet and the throughput is good on all the ports. They are fanless, so stay quiet, but they do get pretty warm. The port layout is not ideal, but it appears it was a concession to keep the size down (which is good for laptop bags).
    Date published: 2016-01-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Thunderbolt dock for 'legacy' storage This (and the Sonnet dock) are the only ones that have eSata and Firewire connections to access fast 'legacy' storage (but why do perfectly robust standards need to be superseded quite so rapidly? I haven't trusted a physical connecter as much as SCSI...) This is much more portable than the Sonnet, though it does have a large external PSU. It's also cheaper. I haven't used any Akitio gear before but so far - as of a few days use - it's looking good.
    Date published: 2016-04-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice addition to new 2017 iMac I purchased this Thunder2 Dock for the necessary firewire port. Since the new 2017 iMac doesn't come with firewire anymore I had to find another alternative to import some older digital videos. This dock also has the capability to daisy chain via TB2 which can come in handy if I have another TB2 device. I would recommend this to anyone who needs a firewire port and additional USB 3.0 inputs.
    Date published: 2017-07-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Only 2 Thunderbolt Ports I wish it had more than 2 Thunderbolt ports since it's a Thunder Dock, but it doesn't. It has a few other useful ports, but what I really needed was 4 Thunderbolts to plug in all my external hard drives for photos and videos.
    Date published: 2017-03-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from something new.... it is something new to me...but it works good.� Tadeusz
    Date published: 2017-12-29
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